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adjective     nasty pronunciation in British English
/ˈnɑːsti/
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adjectivenasty
comparativenastier
superlativenastiest
  1. 1
    very unpleasant to taste, smell, see, or feel

    a nasty cold wind

    nasty-looking bugs

    cheap and nasty:

    cheap and nasty red wine

    1. a.
      a nasty situation is unpleasant or upsetting

      a nasty divorce/task/job

      a nasty shock/surprise:

      My phone bill came as a nasty shock.

  2. 2
    nasty behaviour is unkind or offensive

    She said some very nasty things about him.

    a nasty look

    1. a.
      a nasty person says or does unkind things to people

      a mean, nasty man/woman/child

    2. b.
      used for talking about behaviour and people that are threatening

      Some really nasty people are looking for him.

      turn nasty:

      He could turn nasty.

  3. 3
    serious or dangerous

    a nasty storm

derived words

nastily

adverb

nastiness

noun [uncountable]
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